7-foot boa constrictor on loose in Pa. town

Owner says 'Snakey' hasn't eaten in about a week and a half

POSTED: 2:30 PM Aug 15 2013   UPDATED: 3:27 PM Aug 15 2013
Boa constrictor blurb

Police in a Pennsylvania town are asking residents to be on the lookout for an unusual escapee -- a 7-foot-long boa constrictor.

The snake was apparently sunning itself in its owner's backyard in Swarthmore when it slithered away on Sunday, ABC News reported.

Now Police Chief Brian Craig is asking residents in the town east of Philadelphia to be on the lookout.

"Snakey" last ate about a week and a half ago, but his owner told Philadelphia TV station KYW people shouldn't be afraid.

The reptile is friendly with David Spiegel's other pets and has never been in the wild. And even small pets are larger than what would be its first choice to kill.

"If he’s a danger to anything it might be to moles or frogs or birds," he told KYW.
Still, neighbors in Swarthmore aren't thrilled that a boa constrictor is roaming free. Some are even keeping their pets inside and avoiding the outdoors.

"Yeah, I'd be worried if we were out in the backyard," neighbor Lorraine Myro said. "I would be really uncomfortable. I wouldn’t know what to do."